Definition of Deliberation

1. Noun. (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question. "The deliberations of the jury"

Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Generic synonyms: Discussion, Give-and-take, Word
Derivative terms: Deliberate, Deliberate

2. Noun. Careful consideration. "A little deliberation would have deterred them"
Exact synonyms: Advisement, Weighing
Generic synonyms: Consideration
Specialized synonyms: Think
Derivative terms: Advise, Deliberate, Deliberate, Weigh

3. Noun. Planning something carefully and intentionally. "It was the deliberation of his act that was insulting"
Exact synonyms: Calculation
Generic synonyms: Planning, Preparation, Provision
Derivative terms: Calculate

4. Noun. A rate demonstrating an absence of haste or hurry.
Exact synonyms: Deliberateness, Slowness, Unhurriedness
Generic synonyms: Pace, Rate
Specialized synonyms: Leisureliness, Dilatoriness, Procrastination
Derivative terms: Deliberate, Slow, Slow, Unhurried, Unhurried

5. Noun. The trait of thoughtfulness in action or decision. "He was a man of judicial deliberation"
Exact synonyms: Deliberateness
Generic synonyms: Thoughtfulness
Specialized synonyms: Intentionality
Derivative terms: Deliberate, Deliberate, Deliberate

Definition of Deliberation

1. n. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection.

Definition of Deliberation

1. Noun. The act of deliberating, or of weighing and examining the reasons for and against a choice or measure; careful consideration; mature reflection. ¹

2. Noun. Careful discussion and examination of the reasons for and against a measure; as, the deliberations of a legislative body or council. ¹

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Definition of Deliberation

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Literary usage of Deliberation

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1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1897)
"ration is a species of deliberation, and to deliberate is to investigate and calculate. Nor again is it happy conjecture; for happy conjecture is an ..."

2. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas Hobbes (1841)
"All other appetites to do and to quit, that come upon a man during his deliberation, are usually called intentions and inclinations, but not wills ; there ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"(i) deliberation and Premeditation.—Where, by statute, murder is divided into degrees, deliberation and premeditation are generally made essential to murder ..."

4. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States, Being by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Henry Cabot Lodge (1892)
"... in which government has been established with deliberation and consent, the task of framing it has not been committed to an assembly of men, ..."

5. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Nothing can be more natural," said Sir Thomas, after a short deliberation ; " nor, were there no sister in the case, could anything, in my opinion, ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reportsby Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"Is not the sufficiency of this bond, then, « b. ed. most especially a subject for deliberation? If it be, how is this deliberation to be conducted! ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"Throw up your right hand" —and then shot and killed, there was premeditation and deliberation. There was the declaration of the intention to kill, ..."

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